ILO / DIGITAL ECONOMY

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Digital labour platforms have increased five-fold worldwide in the last decade according to the ILO’s latest ‘World Employment and Social Outlook 2021’ report. This growth has underlined the need for international policy dialogue and regulatory cooperation in order to provide decent work opportunities and foster the growth of sustainable businesses more consistently. ILO

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DATELINE: 23 FEBRUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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1.Wide shot, ILO conference room
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General:
“The explosive growth of these platforms, fivefold increase in these platforms over the last 10 years. And then going beyond that headline. Firstly, the concentration of their presence in a relatively limited number of countries, but the transformational change they're bringing to the world of work. Their operations bring out very, very fundamental questions of working conditions, access to social protection, minimum wages, whether these people working on the platforms are employees or independents. It brings us really back to the fundamentals of how we organize the world of work and really brings back also many of the issues that characterize the ILO Centenary Future of Work initiative. Yeah.
3. Wide shot, ILO conference room
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General:
“I do think this is a ground-breaking report because I know of no other place where so much evidence is brought to one place about how these platforms operate, the opportunities they generate, which are real, but the challenges as well that come with them. So I hope that this is a starting point, which can lead to a process of dialogue, which can bring about the type of coordinated policy response that we need. Because one thing is clear, by their very nature, these platforms raise international issues. They go across multiple national jurisdictions. So we need the international dialogue which can eventually generate the appropriate policy responses. And I really do think it's just the first step in what might prove to be a long journey, but an absolutely necessary one.”

FILE – ILO – JANUARY 2021, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

3.Various shots, a female freelancer working on a digital labour platform from her home in Bogota, Colombia

FILE – ILO – FEBRUARY 2021, NAIROBI, KENYA

4. Various shots, a male taxi driver driving and working in his car, mediated by an app through a digital labour platform

STORYLINE:

Digital labour platforms have increased five-fold worldwide in the last decade according to the ILO’s latest ‘World Employment and Social Outlook 2021’ report.

This growth has underlined the need for international policy dialogue and regulatory cooperation in order to provide decent work opportunities and foster the growth of sustainable businesses more consistently.

Guy Ryder, ILO’s Director-General said, “the explosive growth of these platforms, fivefold increase in these platforms over the last 10 years. And then going beyond that headline.”

He explained, “firstly, the concentration of their presence in a relatively limited number of countries, but the transformational change they're bringing to the world of work. Their operations bring out very, very fundamental questions of working conditions, access to social protection, minimum wages, whether these people working on the platforms are employees or independents. It brings us really back to the fundamentals of how we organize the world of work and really brings back also many of the issues that characterize the ILO Centenary Future of Work initiative.”

Ryder said, “I do think this is a ground-breaking report because I know of no other place where so much evidence is brought to one place about how these platforms operate, the opportunities they generate, which are real, but the challenges as well that come with them.”
He continued, “I hope that this is a starting point, which can lead to a process of dialogue, which can bring about the type of coordinated policy response that we need. Because one thing is clear, by their very nature, these platforms raise international issues. They go across multiple national jurisdictions. So we need the international dialogue which can eventually generate the appropriate policy responses. And I really do think it's just the first step in what might prove to be a long journey, but an absolutely necessary one.”

According to the report “World Employment and Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work”, digital labour platforms are providing new work opportunities, including for women, persons with disabilities, young people and those marginalized in traditional labour markets.

Platforms also allow businesses to access a large flexible workforce with varied skills, while expanding their customer base. The report focuses on two main types of digital labour platform: online web-based platforms, where tasks are performed online and remotely by workers, and location-based platforms, where tasks are performed at a specified physical location by individuals, such as taxi drivers and delivery workers. Its findings are based on surveys and interviews with some 12,000 workers and representatives of 85 businesses around the world in multiple sectors.
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